Moving house can be tough, there’s no question about it. However, the good news is that a residential move is supposed to be a joint effort, and adequate and timely help – in one form or another – is always close by. All you have to do, basically, is reach out and ask for assistance.
Both professional and friendly help is right there for the asking, but have you ever thought about the power of moving tips? A good piece of moving advice can save you hours of precious time and plenty of hard-earned money. As an added bonus, a single moving tip can easily spare your nervous system during one of life’s most stressful and transitional moments.
Ready for another serving of impressive moving tips? Now that you know how to pack clothes for moving, let’s take a look at some interesting solutions to an annoying issue that you will encounter, be it only for a short time: how to pack hangers for moving, and specifically – how to fix the huge mess that packing hangers can turn into.
What to do before packing hangers for moving
Packing clothes hangers may seem like a no-brainer but underestimating that seemingly simple task may lead to one of the following post move scenarios:
- Broken or ruined hangers;
- Scratched surfaces, especially the inside of your clothes wardrobe;
- Torn or damaged clothes; or
- Improper utilization of storage space that could cost you money.
To avoid such perfectly avoidable problems, here’s what you should do before you even get down to selecting the best way to pack hangers – that is, the one that will work in your case.
- Is it worth it? The very first question that you should ask yourself before you decide on the most efficient way to pack hangers is whether that packing task is worth your time and efforts at all. First of all, it’s an indisputable fact that clothes hangers take up a lot of space which you can use for more worthy items. Secondly, most plain wooden or plastic hangers are fairly inexpensive so unless you have a very good reason to hold on to them, you might as well get rid of them to save yourself the trouble. The only person who will know for sure whether it’s really worth it to pack hangers for a move is you. Right?
- Sort out. Understandably, you won’t want to part with your fancier ones, like high quality wire or wooden hangers, or even designer hangers. Yes, you will want to keep those. But what about cheap plastic or wooden hangers of poor quality that have served you long enough? Take a closer look – if there are definite signs of wear and tear on your hangers, maybe it’s time to just chuck them altogether and purchase new ones when you reach your new home. There’s a big IKEA store in your new city, isn’t there? Besides, your clothes will look better on brand new hangers.
- Give away or throw away. Knowing the best way to pack hangers will do you little good if the pieces you’re trying to pack are not worth your time. If you know somebody close like a friend or neighbor who might need the hangers you won’t be taking with you, then don’t hesitate to hand them over to whoever might need them. Some dry cleaners will accept wire hangers for reuse, so that may be worth a try as well. Still, if you mostly have cheap plastic hangers that nobody could possible want, then just dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.
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How to pack hangers for moving
By now, you should be left with nothing but the clothes hangers you’ve decided to take with you. And if that is the case, then read on to learn the best ways to pack hangers when moving to another home.
This is by far the best method of moving your hangers – you just leave your clothes on them and place both of them inside special cardboard cartons called wardrobe boxes. Wardrobe boxes are specifically designed for transportation of clothes, so you can’t go wrong there. Simply transfer your pieces of clothing from your closet or wardrobe directly into those special-purpose boxes and hang them on the metal hanging bar that comes with each container.
This clothes and hangers packing method is very fast and it provides the best protection possible for both your garments and their supporting frames. You don’t have to worry about wrinkles either. The only two drawbacks are that wardrobe boxes are expensive and take up plenty of storage space.
Stack ‘em and wrap ‘em
Another good way to pack hangers efficiently is to stack and wrap them by following the steps below:
- Group your worthy hangers by size and material. Keep wire hangers separately from your wooden and plastic ones.
- Stack them neatly one on top of the other in bundles of 10-12 pieces.
- Use long rubber bands (or tie together a few shorten ones) to secure your clothes hangers prior to wrapping. Yes, the same rubber bands you’ve been collecting for so long will finally be put to good use.
- Get one rubber band around the neck part of the bundled hangers, go down around their bottom bars and tie it up again at the neck area to fix them in place.
- If you’re short on rubber bands, use stretch wrap instead to secure the bundle of already grouped and stacked clothes hangers. Do not use regular packing tape as it will most likely ruin the surface of your pieces.
- If you can’t get your hands on neither rubber bands nor stretch film, you can use cable ties or even wire twists (tied together) from bread wrappers to secure the entire bundle.
- Finally, once you’ve stacked and wrapped your wooden, plastic or metal clothes hangers, wrap an old bed sheet over them for additional protection. An old blanket is another option but the bundle will probably become more voluminous than you want.
The garbage bag trick
Looking for creative ways to pack hangers? Your search is over now.
Take a clean garbage bag, poke a small hole in its bottom and pull the bag in an upward motion over several pieces of clothes as they are hanging on their hangers in the wardrobe. Tie the hooks together, and voila – you have the perfect clothes bundle in under a minute. Repeat this clothes packing trick a few more times and you’ll be done in no time – clothes and hangers are going with you while you’ve only used up no more than 10 minutes of your time.
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How not to pack hangers when moving
Keep in mind that advice can be a dangerous thing and you shouldn’t believe everything you read or hear.
- Somebody may suggest that the easiest way to pack hangers is to just leave them in the clothing wardrobe – after all, wardrobes are not usually transported on their sides so what’s the problem? Don’t do it. The mere fact that the hangers won’t be fixed in one place will allow them to move freely inside which in turn could scratch the bottom surfaces of the wardrobe or closet, or damage one of their sides altogether. Remember that no item should be left just like that to whatever end.
- Another moving expert may advise that you just throw your hangers in a cardboard box. Quick and easy, right? Not so fast! Clothes hangers tend to tangle in each other almost effortlessly, and could get bent out of shape or get broken during the haul. Besides, think of the wasted storage room – an entire medium to large sized box full of nothing but randomly placed hangers.
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